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Monday December 31, 2012
By HAFIZ MARZUKHI and CHRISTOPHER TAN firstname.lastname@example.org
PENANGITES will not be short of places to usher in the New Year as various countdown events at multiple venues have been lined up for them.
Among today’s events is the PG2013 Penang 8th Golden New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration at the Esplanade which features Malaysian rock star Amy Search and rock band Azlan and The Typewriter.
Other performers are the winner of Astro Talent Quest 2005 Tedd Chan, winner of Astro Star Quest 2008 Alexis Gan, Indian band Villanz and upcoming Drama Band.
Organised by CreatiVision D.C. Sdn Bhd, the countdown will start as early as 11am and last until after midnight, with a five-minute fireworks display adding more excitement.
Over at the Gurney Plaza alfresco area, from 10pm onwards, there will be performances by local singer Jaclyn Victor and a live band plus a Super Star Look-Alike Competition.
Shoppers can take part in a lucky draw offering prizes such as a Panasonic HD TV, iPhones and Swarovski Citra Sphere watches.
A New Year Countdown by the sea will be held at the Straits Quay Promenade from 6pm. Among the activities are a costume parade, music performance, fun games, fire juggler, and a fireworks display.
Penang Times Square will be holding its New Year celebrations with performances by popular Taiwanese singer/actor/host and leader of the 5566 music group Tony Sun as well as Chang Chieh, Cheng Po Fu, and music groups Mars and Xiao Yu Zhou (Little Space in English).
The event will kick off at 8.30pm with M2Club singer Prince followed by a Zumbathon session and non-stop music in the run-up to midnight.
The highlight will be at the stroke of midnight when performers and guests take to the stage for a 10-second countdown to ring in the New Year while fireworks light up the sky.
Over at Penang Hill, from 7.45pm, visitors can enjoy live band, traditional dance and acoustic performances at the open theatre. Stage games will add to the revelry.
Marvel at the fireworks display to be held at midnight. Don’’t worry about the transport back as the last funicular train from the upper station will leave at 12.30am after the celebration.
For a chance to meet local personalities from Astro, head to the Malaysian Music Countdown Show at the Han Chiang High School from 9.30pm. Live performances will be held, with a fireworks show at midnight.
Revellers staying on the south-west side of the island need not go far as Queensbay Mall will also be hosting a night of games and non-stop entertainment.
The countdown will be held at the mall’s indoor area and culminate with a fireworks display at the seafront at the stroke of midnight.
Pesta Pulau Pinang will also be having its own countdown party at the Sungai Nibong Pesta site, featuring popular rock bands such as XPDC, Malapetaka and Project Bullet, beginning at 10pm.
Other highlights include a Muay Thai competition with boxers from Malaysia and neighbouring countries showing off their moves.
Entry fee is RM3 for adults and RM1 for children below 12.
The action will not all be on the island as Auto-City in Juru will also be throwing a grand New Year celebration.
The countdown will feature Singaporean artiste Mark Lee, Akademi Fantasia Season 9 first runner-up Lena, artistes Suanne, Ruffmeckz, Melvin, Chriz and Mckishz, street dance, K-Pop challenge and a colouring contest for children.
Visitors there can also expect a fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.
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